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The Professional Scrum Master (PSM I) Guide

By : Fred Heath
Book Image

The Professional Scrum Master (PSM I) Guide

By: Fred Heath

Overview of this book

Ever wondered why you’d use Scrum over other process frameworks? Or what makes Agile just so agile? Or why you should bother with the PSM certification? This book has you covered. The Professional Scrum Master (PSM I) Guide is a comprehensive tutorial that will not only introduce you to the basics of Scrum, but build you up to be ready to pass your PSM I exam first time round. Where other books avoid detail, this guide provides you with detailed practical examples to take you from being an apprentice to becoming a master. Assuming you’re a total beginner, this book will introduce you to Scrum methodologies with detailed use cases, teaching you the secrets of Scrum in such a way that you’ll be well-equipped for the PSM I exam. This book demonstrates the real-world applications of Scrum in a variety of scenarios, all with practical examples. You’ll understand why the structure of your Scrum team matters, what you can achieve with properly planned sprints, and how to create and manage sprint and product backlogs. The chapters are regularly concluded with quizzes relevant to the exam, reinforcing the values you learn on your journey. Finally, it concludes with some exam preparation and myth-dispelling to make sure you have an edge when it comes to earning your certificate. This is a guide that’ll ensure you won’t fall behind in an ever increasingly agile world.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Section 1: The Scrum Framework
Section 2: Scrum in Action
Section 3: The PSM Certification


In this chapter, we learned about estimation, planning, and forecasting. These skills are not part of the Scrum Guide and are not essential for passing the PSP I exam. However, they are skills that all Scrum Masters should possess to fully comprehend the product life cycle, and to best be able to provide leadership and counseling to the Scrum Team.

Due to this, we learned about how to estimate with story points by playing Planning Poker or using estimation buckets, as well as the different ways we can tweak these methods to our needs and circumstances. We also learned how to create a product roadmap and how this roadmap helps us formulate our Product Backlog and group our work into themes and capabilities (or epics).

Finally, we learned how to measure and monitor our progress and forecast our future work using velocity and burn charts. In the next chapter, we'll discuss how to manage the work that takes place within the Sprint. See you there!